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How To make Poached Pears with Chocolate Drizzle


2 lg Bosc pears, firm

3 tb White wine

3 tb Apple juice

1/2 ts Vanilla extract

1/4 ts Cinnamon

1 ds Allspice

1 ds Nutmeg

1 ts Cornstarch

1/3 c Semisweet chocolate chips

1 ts Water

Core pears & cut each pear into 8 sections lengthwise. Combine wine, juice, vanilla & spices in a saucepan. Put in the pears & bring to a simmer. Cover & simmer over low heat until the pears are just fork- tender. Combine cornstarch with enough water to dissolve it. Stir into the saucepan liquid until thickened. Remove from heat. & cool until just warm. Just before serving, combine chocolate chips & water in the top of a double boiler (Mark's note: or drop a steaming dish into a pot of water). Heat until the chocolate is smoothly melted. Arrange pear slices in two dessert bowls. Divide the chocolate between them & drizzle over the pears in a zig-zag pattern. Serve at once.

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